Saturday, 30 August 2014
Nic Naitanui describes his 2014 season as "pretty tough" but is excited about the prospect of his first uninterrupted pre-season in two years.
"For myself, as long as you're meeting your goals internally you don't really worry about the outside influence," Naitanui said.
"I guess consistency is a little thing that was touched on a bit and just getting my body right.
"I'm really looking forward to this pre-season coming up."
Thursday, 28 August 2014
West Coast utility Patrick McGinnity and developing ruckman Fraser McInnes have both re-signed with the Eagles for 2015.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
West Coast appears set to retain the services of troubled youngster Murray Newman next season although it is unlikely he will participate in the remainder of the club's 2014 campaign.
Monday, 25 August 2014
Murray Newman is granted parole on his one-year prison sentence for fracturing the jaw of a man who had sex with his girlfriend.
The Prisoners Review Board noted that Newman had seen a psychologist before he was locked up and intended to continue treatment after his release.
The board said that showed a willingness to address his problems. The board also noted that Newman had participated in voluntary programs while in custody, had a limited criminal history, and had employment and accommodation.
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Eagles coach Adam Simpson is wary of rival clubs poaching retiring ruckman Dean Cox as a ruck coach next season.
"I've got no doubt there's clubs that are talking to him about probably playing as well as coaching," Simpson said.
"That's a decision he's got to work through but we're hoping he stays in the family.
"We'd love to (keep him). We'll work through that in the next few weeks about a role. Hopefully it's full-time and with us."
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Xavier Ellis is set to continue his career with West Coast in 2015 after activating a trigger clause in his contract.
The Eagles say he would have been offered a new contract regardless, given the positive impact the 26-year-old has made on the club in his first season since crossing from Hawthorn as a free agent.
"It feels like he has played [at the club] for his entire career," Eagles football operations general manager Craig Vozzo said.
"Irrespective of the trigger he would have been offered a contract. We are delighted with having him at our club and look forward to what he will bring moving forward."
Monday, 18 August 2014
Andrew Gaff signs a new deal with West Coast.
"It's an exciting time at the footy club and I want to be a part of what we can see on the horizon," Gaff told the Eagles website.
"We have had a lot of senior players retire in the last two seasons, so the onus is on the young guys to take the club back into finals where we can have an impact."
Jack Darling signs what is believed to be a lucrative two-year deal with the Eagles.
"I am really confident we can build on what we have achieved this year," Darling said.
"There is no doubt that as a team we have improved and we are a young playing group that is looking to have a big impact on the competition."
Scott Lycett resists the lure of a return to South Australia by signing a four-year contract extension with the Eagles.
"I have really enjoyed the opportunity to learn some of the finer points of ruck work from Nic (Naitanui) and Coxy," Lycett said.
"I have said that for a long time, that it has been a unique situation to learn from two of the game's best and I feel privileged to be in that position."
Sunday, 17 August 2014
After being subbed out of the Swans' win over the Saints due to hamstring tightness, Josh Kennedy has been cleared of any serious hamstring injury and is unlikely to miss more than one AFL game.
"His hamstring is tight, he's got a little bit of fluid on the outside of his hamstring but there's no tear in there, so that's a really good sign," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
"It would be fair to say we're not going to put him at risk this week. If he's not any good at the back end of the week, he won't play.
"If he doesn't play this week, it will only be one week."
Friday, 15 August 2014
Shannon Hurn is emerging as a leading candidate to take over the West Coast captaincy permanently given the way his teammates and coach speak of his leadership.
The 26-year-old defender reaches a significant milestone on Saturday when he plays his 150th match, against Essendon at Etihad Stadium.
"I don't want him getting ahead of himself with his footy smarts but he's very confident in his own ability," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"He understands the game and reads the play well. I've spoken a couple of times about how I want the players to identify situations game-day and how we can change things and (how) they can change (things) themselves.
"And he's leading that. Our backs in general have been pretty good in the last month at identifying different cues and reading different situations. So he's at the front of that at the moment."
Thursday, 14 August 2014
In his eleventh year as an AFL player, West Coast defender Sam Butler says he's not going anywhere.
Butler has battled a raft of injuries over the journey, restricted to just 117 games but having found consistency in the past couple of years, he believes he's got more to offer.
"The club's been so fantastic to me and they could have got rid of me many times throughout my career I'm sure," Butler said.
"But they stuck by me and I'm still hanging around and still really enjoying it. I love West Coast, I love the club."
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Brant Colledge has re-signed with West Coast for a further two years.
"It's good to get something like that (re-signing) out of the way, so that I can concentrate on my footy, especially coming into WAFL finals," Colledge said.
The Eagles have high hopes for Colledge despite the 19-year-old's injury issues over his first two seasons at West Coast. He played two matches earlier this season after some impressive form in the NAB Challenge.
"Obviously the start of the year was good for me and I got my opportunity to play my first game against St Kilda, which was amazing. I had a few injuries through the middle of the year, but back into it now and hopefully I can get back into the AFL team, and East Perth finals are coming up as well."
Mark Hutchings has re-signed with West Coast for a further two years.
"I am very happy to be part of the club I supported all of my life for another two years," Hutchings said.
"The last couple of years, being part of the club, have been the best time of my life.
"The (run-with) role has been challenging, but it's something I have enjoyed, learning a bit more each time I play against some of the best players in the competition. It's good to test yourself against the best players."
Sunday, 10 August 2014
Xavier Ellis could miss multiple weeks with a shoulder injury following a heavy fall in a marking contest in the first-quarter of Sunday's win over Collingwood.
Ellis was running back with the flight of the ball when he attempted to spoil a marking contest deep in the Magpies' forward line.
His right shoulder hit the ground and he had to be helped from the field, grimacing in pain before being subbed out of the game.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Port Adelaide skipper Travis Boak is one of four players named as finalists for the 2014 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.
Carlton vice-captain Kade Simpson, Geelong midfielder Mathew Stokes and West Coast defender Beau Waters were also selected as finalists after being nominated for the award by their respective clubs.
Boak's work with the Childhood Cancer Association to raise awareness and funds earned him his nomination, while Simpson, an ambassador for Down Syndrome Victoria, has helped raise more than $30,000 for the organisation.
As the first Aboriginal player to be in Geelong's leadership group, Stokes was selected for his tireless work with the local and national indigenous community to promote a number of Aboriginal health initiatives.
Waters has been involved in a number of organisations over the past decade, including Cancer Council WA, where he is an ambassador, and has been the catalyst for the Eagles raising almost $1million for cancer research.
Monday, 4 August 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he is keen to give Dean Cox a fitting farewell despite the veteran ruckman still recovering from concussion with only a few weeks remaining in the season.
"I think he's earned the right to play another few games for the rest of the year. I have no problems with bringing him into play," Simpson said.
"He's obviously a sensational player and he's taken the hit for the team really in retiring. It's something that he's acknowledged and I think we need to do it in the right way."
Monday, 28 July 2014
Sharrod Wellingham's forgettable season is all but over after West Coast confirmed the midfielder could miss four to six weeks with a knee injury.
Wellingham tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee while playing for East Perth in the WAFL on Saturday. He was helped from the ground during the third term of the Royals 21-point win over West Perth and did not return.
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Dean Cox says he received a phone call from Richmond's Ty Vickery and although he appreciates the personal apology, he says they're not the best of mates.
"He personally apologised for the incident and wanted to make sure that my family were aware of that as well," Cox said.
"It was good of him to actually ring and pass on his apology. I've been involved in footy for a long period of time and realise that things can happen that people don't want to or don't expect to happen.
"It was good to get the call from him. I wouldn't say we're best of mates though."
Ty Vickery has apologised to West Coast ruckman Dean Cox following the ugly incident that left the star Eagle concussed.
"In the heat of the game I overstepped the mark with my physicality and aggression," Vickery said.
"I'm very remorseful for that and I unreservedly apologise to Dean and his family.
"I've attempted to make contact but haven't got through to him yet but I will to offer him an apology personally."
Friday, 25 July 2014
Dean Cox has suffered no structural damage after being knocked out when struck on the jaw by Richmond's Ty Vickery during Friday night's game at Paterson's Stadium.
Cox was felled in a ruck contest in the second quarter and was subbed out of the game with concussion.
"[It's] just disappointing to be losing a ruckman during the second quarter and lose him for the rest of the game," West Coast assistant coach Brady Rawlings said.
"Obviously it is not ideal when you have got someone sitting on the bench due to an incident like that."
Richmond football manager Dan Richardson told ABC Grandstand that Vickery was "obviously a bit remorseful for the fact that Dean had gone down the way he had, and I don't think any player goes out to see an opponent hurt like that."
He said the club would support Vickery despite widespread condemnation of his actions, including at the ground from irate West Coast fans.
"You get around your teammates in that situation. Whether or not you have done the right thing or the wrong thing you stick by your teammates and we'll do that as a footy club," Richardson said.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick defends Ty Vickery after the key forward is reported for striking Dean Cox in an incident which left the Eagles ruckman concussed, thereby taking no further part in the match.
"To me, he's a hard, tough player," Hardwick said of Vickery.
"That's what we want at the Tigers. At the end of the day, sometimes you step outside the boundaries, the rules are there. We know the rules. He's a hard, tough Richmond player and that's the way we like him."
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Nic Naitanui says he'd love to meet racist people so he can help them change their ways.
Naitanui believes education is the key to helping eradicate racism in society, and says he doesn't hold any grudges towards people who have abused him in the past.
"I have no hate against anyone. I just don't have it in me," Naitanui said.
"Guys like that - they don't really bother me. I guess it's just their lack of education or ignorance.
"I'd love to meet people like that and introduce them to our cultural backgrounds and what we're all about, because at the end of the day we're all the same."
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he has not written off Sharrod Wellingham despite the 26-year old having been dropped from the side on three separate occasions due to poor form.
"We think there is some tremendous upside from Sharrod and we're not writing him off by any stretch," Simpson said.
"It's been, hopefully, good learning here for Sharrod. He's really excited about what he can do and what he's learning off the field and on game day as well."
Callum Sinclair and Brad Sheppard commit to two year extensions which will keep them at the Eagles until the end of 2016.
"We have great faith in both Cal and Brad and what they offer our list," Eagles football manager Craig Vozzo said.
"Apart from what everyone sees in their on-field performances, they are also quality young men and are an important part of our plans.
"Both have already shown in the games they have played that they have the attributes we need to push up the ladder and we look forward to them playing their roles within the team."
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Dean Cox will retire at the end of the season, saying the grind of AFL football had finally taken its toll.
"I've built a career where I thought I could have real impact in games, where I was at a level consistently doing that," Cox said.
"It got to a stage this year where I thought it probably wavered away from that.
"If I was to continue next year, I was probably doing an injustice to myself on what I've established throughout my career."
Friday, 18 July 2014
Beau Waters' future remains in doubt, as he has not played at all in 2014 after being placed on the long-term injury list following ongoing shoulder problems that began when he had reconstructive surgery in 2013.
The courageous defender and former vice-captain is contracted in 2015, but Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett is more concerned about his long-term health.
"We'll have to wait on what the surgeon says when he revisits the surgeon," Nisbett said.
"They'll have a very, very long discussion, I would think, to see whether it's going to inhibit him not just from a football point of view but later in life. That's the important thing for us, to look after his welfare."
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett says the club will not be trading Scott Lycett despite strong interest from Port Adelaide.
"We'll be keeping Scott Lycett," Nisbett said.
"We're very firm. Scott won't be going anywhere. He's a big part of our plans."
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett says the club will be aggressive in keeping out of contract youngster Andrew Gaff at the club.
"No chance," Nisbett said about the possibility of trading Gaff.
"We want 'Gaffy' to play with West Coast. Hopefully he'll play his career here. He's a terrific player."
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett says the club will let Dean Cox make a call on his future beyond 2014.
"It's really in Dean's court," Nisbett said.
"It'll be Dean's call. We think at the moment that's the best place to leave it. He's been assessing his performances like all players do, and he'll make his mind up very soon.
"When he does, we'll make the necessary decisions after that."
West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett has given first-year coach Adam Simpson a "big tick" despite the Eagles' indifferent season.
"When you come in as a rookie coach it's very difficult to immediately gain respect and he's done that," Nisbett said.
"He's got a very sound game plan and strategy, which he's implementing with a whole group of new coaches and new players, and the players are adapting to that.
"It's still taking time because they won't get everything right in the first 12 months.
"We've been really pleased with Adam, really pleased with what they've implemented, and so far it's a big tick."
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Nic Naitanui admits he has been underwhelming this year and hopes to have a solid pre-season next year to improve significantly in 2015.
"It hasn't been the best season for me," Naitanui said.
"For me, it's about trying to find that balance and trying to find that consistency, so I'm just looking to finish off pretty strongly over the next couple of weeks."
Friday, 11 July 2014
Xavier Ellis says he could have walked away from AFL football if he had been forced to stay in Melbourne this season.
"I was a country boy from outside Lakes Entrance, in Melbourne I went to boarding school and played eight years at Hawthorn, so I was really keen to get out of Melbourne," Ellis said.
"If it was (a choice to) play footy and stay in Melbourne or not play at all, I'd probably have had to have a think about it because I was desperately keen to get out of Melbourne and start fresh."
Xavier Ellis admits he feels a touch embarrassed to be playing his 100th AFL game this week.
The Hawthorn premiership player reaches the milestone in his ninth year on an AFL list. He played 86 matches with Hawthorn after being recruited with pick no. 3 in the 2005 NAB AFL draft. Saturday night's clash with the Brisbane Lions will be his 14th with West Coast after moving to Perth as a free agent at the end of last year.
Ellis made his AFL debut at the Gabba against the Lions in the opening round of 2007. His slight embarrassment stems from the fact that a number of his contemporaries from the 2005 and 2006 NAB AFL drafts have played a lot more senior football.
"Early on I was thinking as though I was little bit embarrassed to only be playing my 100th after the time I've been in the AFL," Ellis said.
Thursday, 10 July 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he is astounded at the media's fascination with Nic Naitanui's form.
"I do get surprised when it's 'He's the best player in the competition' to 'Should he be dropped?," Simpson said.
"I don't see that in other players. When someone plays poorly or has a couple of poor weeks and they've been an established senior player, an All Australian, I don't see the criticism come so quick and then it goes away again.
"But that's the surprising thing for me. The levels of expectation and love, it's just up and down all the time."
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Luke Shuey believes he's copped more attention from taggers in 2014 than in any other in his AFL career.
"I think I have come up against more attention from opposition this year than any other year, but that is just part of football and is part of my development," Shuey said.
"I have faced a lot more challenges this year than any other year, but I would like to think I can finish the last six or seven games off strongly."
Monday, 7 July 2014
Matt Rosa has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral tendon.
Rosa was injured laying a tackle during the third term of the Eagles' 28-point loss to the Sydney Swans at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.
He immediately came from the ground and did not return. Scans on Monday revealed a tear in the right tendon and he will require surgery later this week.
Sunday, 6 July 2014
Matt Rosa in danger of missing the rest of the year with a pectoral injury.
Rosa was injured laying a tackle during the third term of the Eagles' 28-point loss to the Sydney Swans at Patersons Stadium.
"He is in a bit of strife," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"We think he has hurt his pectoral muscle. So it will be multiple weeks. We will find out tomorrow. It's early stages but it is not good."
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Matt Rosa has signed a new two-year deal with West Coast.
Rosa, who would have become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, will remain at the Eagles until at least the end of 2016.
The 27-year-old opted to remain in Perth despite strong interest from clubs in his home state of Victoria.
"I was here in 2005 and 2006 when the club played in grand finals and won a premiership, and I have been around for some other exciting finals campaigns," Rosa said.
"I am confident we can build towards that with this group and I want to be a part of it."
Monday, 30 June 2014
Mitch Brown will be sidelined for four to six weeks with bone bruising in his knee but does not require surgery.
"It could be as little as four weeks. For what we saw, it was heart in mouth type stuff when it happened," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"To get that good news, everyone has just lifted a gear today."
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Jeremy McGovern signs a two-year contract extension with the Eagles.
"I got off to a bit of a rocky start when I turned up out of shape for pre-season training, but 'Simmo' had an honest chat with me and he has helped me turn things around," McGovern said.
"He has been very supportive and I really appreciate the chances he has given me. I'm also grateful to the club for sticking by me through the tough times."
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Mitch Brown's season could be in jeopardy after being stretchered from the ground in the third term of the Eagles' seven-point loss to Fremantle in what appeared to be a serious knee injury.
Friday, 27 June 2014
Shannon Hurn will get his opportunity to skipper his side against Fremantle this week as part of West Coast's ongoing search to find a long-term replacement for Darren Glass.
"He's actually probably our smartest - in terms of football smarts - player at the club," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"He knows the game. He loves the game. He's not one of those players who switches off in terms of going home and not watching a game.
"He's up to speed with what's going on in football. He's vocal and demanding, all the things you look for in a leader."
Thursday, 26 June 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Scott Lycett is still an important member of the team despite being rested for this week's clash against Fremantle.
"We've got big plans for him and we want him as part of our club and he understands and hopefully I've explained it well enough," Simpson said.
"No one wants to sit aside. But he has played every week and his body needs to be managed just as much as the others.
"He's 21, so hopefully it's just a part of his apprenticeship."
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Port Adelaide is among a number of clubs circling out-of-contract West Coast ruckman Scott Lycett.
Monday, 23 June 2014
West Coast youngsters Tom Barrass and Rowen Powell have both been sidelined for the rest of the season due to injury.
Barrass has endured a frustrating first season in the AFL system. He was placed on the long-term injury list in January following surgery to repair a tear in his hip joint.
He returned to play eight WAFL reserves matches with East Perth but failed to break into the league side. A persistent groin injury has caused him increasing pain and the Eagles have decided to rest him for the remainder of the year in order to prepare for 2015.
Powell has played seven WAFL reserves matches but requires shoulder surgery that will rule him out for the rest of year.
Matt Rosa will become a West Coast life member this week when he plays his 150th game and says he has no interest in leaving the club despite being an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.
"I would definitely like to be a one-club player so hopefully it works out that way," Rosa said.
"There is still a little bit of work to do, but that would be great to say at the end of your career that you're a one-club player."
Friday, 20 June 2014
Sharrod Wellingham will become West Coast's primary tagger in the absence of Scott Selwood who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with injury.
"He needs to be consistent with his performance, no doubt," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"He's been around a while. He's a premiership player and he's probably looking around our club and realising he's one of the older ones now.
"He performed well on the weekend, probably his best game for the club, but we're expecting that consistency most weeks."
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Dean Cox ended a streak of 104 consecutive matches last Saturday when he was rested for the first time since 2009. Cox said it was mutual decision reached with coach Adam Simpson.
"It's just a chance to have a break and get the body right," Cox said.
"It's about when I play, can I play with the best freshness and the best possible football I want to play.
"If that means I have to have a week, if that means I have to have two, if that means I have to have a rest later on in the year, well so be it."
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Scott Selwood's season is all but over after West Coast opted to send the 24-year-old midfielder in for ankle surgery.
The Eagles' vice-captain went under the knife Tuesday and is expected to miss 10-12 weeks. There is a slim chance he could be available if West Coast makes the finals.
Monday, 16 June 2014
West Coast is weighing up whether or not to send vice-captain Scott Selwood for surgery to fix his troublesome ankle.
Selwood was withdrawn from Saturday's win over Gold Coast with an ankle issue after initially being named.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson revealed after the match that Selwood had been carrying the injury since round three and that is was far more severe than first thought.
"He's going to need a clean-up at some stage," Simpson said.
"We're just trying to figure out when the best time is. We are quite depleted in some areas in our midfield so we're just still assessing that."
Mark LeCras admits he is still unclear on the rules surrounding the bump.
"Not really to be honest," LeCras said.
"It's a funny one when you look at some of the incidents that have happened in the past but it's not something I worry about. You take your punishment and move on."
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Nic Naitanui celebrates his 100th game in style, with 22 disposals (16 contested), 34 hit-outs, six clearances and six tackles in a 3-point win over Gold Coast.
"You can see when he's free of all those niggles in the body just what he can do," teammate Andrew Gaff said.
"In the first half, he set it on fire. It was a big reason why we were so far in front."
Scott Selwood could spend an extended period on the sidelines after Eagles coach Adam Simpson revealed his ankle injury is worse than first thought.
Selwood is in a bit of trouble," Simpson said.
"I think his foot is worse than what we hoped it would be. He'll miss multiple weeks.
"It's ankle related. There's something there that he's been carrying and probably his brave attitude towards it has probably hurt it a little bit because he's been carrying it since round three."
Friday, 13 June 2014
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett says there will be plenty of challenges for Dean Cox if he plays on in 2015.
"As you get older you have to manage your body better and I think if we want Coxy to play on we have to manage his body better," Nisbett said.
"He has to manage himself too because he is the one who knows his body and at his age I don't think playing 104 games straight is the strategy that we need to adopt from this point on and I know Dean realises that.
"He can't continue to do the workload because he is one of those guys who trains everyday too. He trains, he plays, and he continues.
"If we want him to play next year we have to be smarter about how we manage him."
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Darren Glass announces his retirement from AFL football effective immediately.
The West Coast captain revealed that his body has failed him after 15 seasons and 270 games.
"I've played my last game, so it's all over," Glass announced in front of family, friends, teammates, Eagles' staff and a large media contingent.
"With hindsight I've probably played a year too long. At the end of last season I was really confident I could play this year, but it hasn't panned out that way.
"I have been struggling to string a couple of games together this season and feel like it's time I step aside and let someone else come in.
"I'm not confident of playing any decent and good consistent footy in the back half of the year and feel like it's time to step aside."
Monday, 9 June 2014
Nic Naitanui will play in his 100th game against Gold Coast at Patersons Stadium this week.
"My first 100 games I've enjoyed and there's always going to be those ups and downs," Naitanui said.
"I'm still growing and aging, just getting the feel of my body and how it works and what it can handle.
"I feel I'm at that stage now where I'm pretty aware of what's going on and what I can handle week to week.
"I'm quite happy to say my best footy is ahead of me."
Thursday, 5 June 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson revealed he has endured sleepless nights this week worrying about how he can turn around his side's dismal form ahead of the Eagles' clash with reigning premiers Hawthorn on Saturday.
The Eagles have lost six of their last seven matches including a 38-point loss to North Melbourne last Sunday that has been described as "unacceptable" by the playing group.
"I didn't sleep too well the last few days trying to work out how to get the guys to recognise what happened and then to front up this week," Simpson said.
"You can't go too deep to the point where it's irreversible. You've got to get them back on track."
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Scans reveal a depressed fracture of Josh Kennedy's cheekbone that will require surgery.
Kennedy copped a heavy knock to his face in a marking contest late in the 38-point loss to North Melbourne on Sunday night.
It was believed he had just received a black eye and would be right to play this week, however scans have confirmed that he has suffered a depressed fracture of the cheekbone and will need surgery.
The Eagles are hopeful the key forward will miss only a week.
Sunday, 1 June 2014
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott overrules his medical team by insisting Lindsay Thomas be taken from the ground during Sunday's win over West Coast.
The skilful forward appeared to have strained his right hamstring during the third quarter of the match at Patersons Stadium, but came back on to the ground after receiving treatment.
He came from the ground a few minutes later seemingly at Scott's request and signalled to the medical staff that his night was over before being subbed out of the game.
"He just cramped in his hamstring, so I was a little [hesitant] … we have got, we think the best medical, physio team in the country, but when they put him back on, I was a bit disappointed because he's an important player to us," Scott said.
"We didn't want to risk him. But they're so confident in their ability that they thought he was fine.
"I never overrule a medical decision if it's to say he can't come back on, but I can overrule [a decision] to put him back on, so I did. But we think he will be all right next week."
Friday, 30 May 2014
Current West Coast coach and former North Melbourne captain Adam Simpson says he will put old allegiances aside when the Eagles take on the Kangaroos this week.
"I'm sure there's some emotion down there somewhere but, at the moment, I can't draw on that one," Simpson said.
"I've always got an eye on the Kangas and how they're travelling.
"There's definitely people and staff that I still maintain contact with - just not this week."
Thursday, 29 May 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Nic Naitanui's biggest challenge is getting easy possessions.
"Naitanui's great at hunting the ball," Simpson told Perth radio station 6PR.
"The challenge for me as a coach is to try to educate him on how to get some of those easy touches around the ground."
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Brant Colledge has been cleared of serious facial damage after a sickening last-minute collision in the Foxtel Cup match with Norwood.
While the Royals advanced to the semi-finals with a dominant win, the focus fell on the clash between Colledge and his Eagles teammate Scott Lycett.
In the final minute of the contest, Colledge was running back with the flight of the ball as he ran deep inside the East Perth forward 50. Lycett was running the other way and launched at the ball, colliding with Colledge at full tilt.
Colledge was assisted from the ground and taken to hospital but was released after an examination.
Monday, 26 May 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson is hopeful Beau Waters will play on next season but says the defender will need to re-evaluate his troublesome right shoulder at the end of the year.
"Of course he's going to be banged up when he finishes his career (but) there's still no permanent damage risk," Simpson told Perth radio station 6PR.
"We'll sit down at the end of the year and see where it's at in terms of how it's healed.
"At this stage, hopefully he's up for it and will go around again."
Saturday, 24 May 2014
Elliot Yeo has his teeth were broken in a collision with Collingwood ruckman Jarrod Witts in the Eagles' eight-point loss to the Magpies at the MCG.
Yeo dropped a simple mark inside West Coast's forward 50m on the stroke of half-time and copped a double-blow from Witts' a split-second later.
Trainers searched for Yeo's teeth during the half-time break, but luckily the roots remained in his mouth and can be capped.
Yeo soldiered on after half-time and earned Eagles coach Adam Simpson's respect.
"It was a big knock…he should have taken the mark. He kept on going, I don't know if he was in a hell of a lot of pain or not, but he didn't seem to take a backward step after it," Simpson said.
Friday, 23 May 2014
Victorian Andrew Gaff says he is keen to start talks with Eagles regarding a contract extension with the club.
"I'm definitely keen to get it underway and my manager's working closely with guys at the club who are looking after that," Gaff said.
"All is going well and I love the club."
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Nic Naitanui signs a five-year contract extension with West Coast, tying him to the Eagles until at least the end of 2019.
"The West Coast Eagles is my home. The club has been good to me from the time I got here and I love it here. It's like family," Naitanui said.
"I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the playing group and I reckon we are getting close to real success. I want to be around that because I feel like we are building."
Monday, 19 May 2014
Nic Naitanui wants to be an Eagle for life but insists he hasn't been greedy during negotiations for a new deal.
"Our club is really fair; they look after their players. So I am just happy to leave it in their hands and whatever they choose is right I guess," Naitanui said.
"I don't want to go anywhere else. (The Eagles) have looked after me my whole career and it's somewhere I want to stay for the rest of my career."
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Mark LeCras has copped a one-week suspension for a head-high bump against Giant Will Hoskin-Elliott.
"He didn't need to do that. I spoke to him about it," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"I've got no doubt he'd process it differently if his arm (that he broke recently) was 100 per cent. But having said that, it's still no excuse."
Monday, 12 May 2014
A move to the backlines has resulted in Brad Sheppard playing some of the best footy in his career.
"I think in the last year but especially over the pre-season, Brad's understood what football is about. He has probably matured as a person in general," Eagles teammate Shannon Hurn said about Sheppard.
"It's really pleasing that he's put the performances on the board. Now the challenge going forward is to consistently keep doing it and keep improving."
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Josh Kennedy kicks 11 as Eagles smash Giants with 30-goal deluge
Friday, 9 May 2014
Josh Kennedy is willing to take a pay cut for star West Coast teammate Nic Naitanui to stay at the club.
"He's a superstar. His form might not be showing that at the moment, but the way he can turn the game on and light it up is better than anyone," Kennedy said.
"If I had a million bucks, I'd pay him to get him in my team. I'd love him to stay here and I'd take a pay cut for him."
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Outgoing Carlton president Stephen Kernahan laments giving up Josh Kennedy in the trade that landed the Blues Chris Judd.
"I would never knock back what Chris Judd's given our football club," Kernahan said.
"That (deal) went to about the last 30 seconds of the trade period.
"We had picks one, three and 20. We had three and 20 on the table, Richmond had two and 12 on the table.
"Judd was either going to stay [at West Coast] – he didn't want to go to Richmond – so we had to make a call and the only bloke they were interested in the whole time was Kennedy.
"We offered to put up the whole team, just about. And Josh Kennedy, you can't let centre-half-forwards go."
Monday, 28 April 2014
Josh Kennedy has lost his stuttering goalkicking style but it's not working.
"It (the stutter) was just starting to put a bit of risk on my balance on the footy," Kennedy said.
"It probably evolved into something that was good at the time, but at this current stage I don't feel it's best for me."
Monday, 21 April 2014
Scans have cleared West Coast defender Xavier Ellis of a serious calf injury.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Xavier Ellis suffers a low-grade calf injury in the first term of the Eagles' clash with Port Adelaide at Patersons Stadium.
Ellis was substituted out of the match before quarter-time and had ice applied immediately to his right calf.
"It's disappointing to lose someone in the first quarter and someone with the skill and composure of Ellis," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"He would have been handy throughout the night."
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Scans have cleared Nic Naitanui of any damage to his Achilles tendon after he copping a knock to the back of his lower leg during the Eagles' loss to Geelong.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson urged fans to be patient while the 2012 All Australian builds up his form and fitness.
"Everyone is different," Simpson said.
"The type of player he is - such a power athlete - to have confidence in your body is the first step and he's still getting that.
"We'll back him in. We'll see how he goes tomorrow and we expect there'll be an improvement."
Luke Shuey will return to the West Coast side after serving a one-match suspension for striking St Kilda's Tom Curren in round three.
"I got told it was just a bit selfish," Shuey said.
"I know that, so it's not on and we'll move on as quick as we can."
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Nic Naitanui must be carefully managed after not having managed a full pre-season for a few years now.
"He's coming off a limited pre-season and unfortunately it's not just one pre-season, it's two or three so we're trying our best to manage his time and of course we'd like an improvement on what he can do," Simpson said.
"But at the moment it's a bit of a battle."
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Nic Naitanui tallies just six disposals and six hit-outs in two-and-a-half quarters of football before being removed from the ground against Geelong due to soreness.
"We just subbed him off halfway through the third," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"He was a little tight but we didn't see any reason to keep him out there."
Friday, 11 April 2014
As West Coast's playing ruck coach in 2014, Dean Cox says he wants to transition into a full-time coaching role once his career is over.
"I've really started to enjoy the role of trying to educate and teach players, and let them have the opportunity to have some of the great football memories that I've had," Cox said.
"To work with the ruck guys and even a lot of younger players when they first come to the club - to try to fast-track and get their development as quickly as possible so they can have an impact - is really rewarding.
"The ruck stuff is certainly happening at the minute. But when I do finish I will stay straight in the AFL system and hopefully sink my teeth right into it."
Monday, 7 April 2014
Mark LeCras will be sidelined for four weeks after having surgery to repair his fractured right forearm.
"He's really disappointed," teammate Dean Cox said.
"Hopefully he can get back now and run and touch the footy as much as he can and still have a big impact for this club because his pre-season was really good."
Dean Cox will break the West Coast games record this week against Geelong and he says reaching 300 games is not out of the question.
Cox will play his 277th match at Simonds Stadium on Saturday night to go past Glen Jakovich's club record of 276.
"It's a lot of games," Cox said.
"I suppose getting to Jako's record wasn't a massive goal but I'm proud of what I've done in my footy career, to be able to represent this great club so many times.
"So 300, if it happens it happens, who knows? But it's not a focus point of mine."
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Mark LeCras is expected to spend time on the sidelines after injuring his right forearm in West Coast's 25-point win over St Kilda.
"It could be the same issue he had in the past with his arm," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"We don't know yet. It doesn't look great. He'll miss weeks."
After crossing over to the Eagles from St Kilda in 2013, Jamie Cripps says teammate Dean Cox is one of the best players of the modern era.
"He's an awesome player," Cripps said.
"He's nearly got the best skills at the club kicking both left and right foot really well. Coming in from outside I didn't know he was this good but he's one of the best footballers I've seen."
Friday, 4 April 2014
Beau Waters' season is over due to another shoulder operation.
Monday, 31 March 2014
Shannon Hurn will be sidelined for at least a month due to a medial strain in his right knee.
Dean Cox will break an AFL record against St Kilda on Saturday by going past Stephen Milne for the most games played by a rookie-listed player, with 276.
Eagles teammate Callum Sinclair labels Cox a 'freak'.
"I'm in shock sometimes," Sinclair said.
"He's one of those guys who's good at everything. He's very professional around the club and takes his footy very seriously. He takes pride in his body.
"He's a freak. I think we're going to have to cart him out of the joint. I don't think he'll be going any time soon. He's playing terrific footy."
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Shannon Hurn will be sidelined for at least a fortnight after suffering a knee injury in the Eagles' big win over Melbourne.
Monday, 17 March 2014
Mark Hutchings has been ruled out of the Eagles' season opener with a back injury.
Sunday, 16 March 2014
West Coast recruit Xavier Ellis has admitted he was overweight and unfit when he arrived for his first summer of pre-season training with the Eagles.
"I didn't come over in peak condition. I didn't play much footy for a couple of years, so I was a bit overweight, sloppy and a bit unfit," Ellis said.
"I remember Murray Newman losing a 2km (time trial) to John Worsfold (in 2012). He would have had me too.
"But I'm fit now. The fitness staff and doctors have been great."
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Shannon Hurn signs a three-year contract extension with West Coast, tying him to the Eagles until the end of the 2017 season.
"You always have to consider your options but I have no intention of going anywhere else, so thought we'd settle things early," Hurn said.
"I enjoy the football club, some of my best mates are here and I think it's a pretty exciting time for the club.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Murray Newman is jailed for 12 months after being found guilty of fracturing a man's jaw at a Perth nightclub for sleeping with his girlfriend.
"The club does not condone Murray's actions, or similar violent acts, but will continue to support him," Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett said.
"As we have done throughout this case, we will continue to work closely with the AFL on this difficult issue.
"We would like to retain Murray on the club's rookie list for the 2014 season as the club believes that it will be an important part of his rehabilitation and his re-integration to society – and football – upon his release.
"Since this incident occurred, Murray has been exemplary around the club, and is deeply sorry for his actions."
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
West Coast will be conservative with star ruckman Nic Naitanui in his first hit-out of the year at Patersons Stadium in a practice match against Fremantle.
"We're not looking at an exceptional performance from Nic," West Coast coach Adam Simpson said.
"We just want to get his numbers up. It's been a long time since he's played so we'll be really conservative with our approach."
Thursday, 13 February 2014
West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Nic Naitanui is not certainty to play in round one.
"It's not about, 'Let's get him to round one'. It's just, 'Let's get him right'. It's a long year," Simpson said.
"He's not ready to play right now. If he progresses like he has, he'll play round one. If he has a hiccup, he won't play.
"It's a day-to-day, week-to-week thing."
Friday, 7 February 2014
Darren Glass concedes that 2014 could well be his last year as an AFL player.
"I've been saying that for the last three or four years that it could be and I really don't know. I wouldn't make a call until well into the season and see how things are tracking," Glass said.
"(We'll see) where the team is at (and) how I'm tracking mentally and physically. Of course the club has a say as well."
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Brady Rawlings says his immense respect for West Coast coach Adam Simpson led him to leaving his role at North Melbourne to take up an assistant coaching role at West Coast.
"It's not too often when someone you respect so highly, and you've got a great relationship with, gets a senior coaching job," Rawlings said.
"I thought it was too good an opportunity not to take. To be involved with Simmo, going on this ride was something that was enough for me to leave the club I love and move my family over to the western side of the country as well."
Scott Selwood says he believes Dom Sheed has a physique that's ready made for AFL.
"Dom's a guy with a big build who can come in and is ready-built for AFL footy," Selwood said.
"He's still got a lot to learn in terms of game-plan and structure and things like that but in terms of his attitude and the way he goes about it is first-class."
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Darren Glass is set to become West Coast's longest-serving captain after the Eagles announced the 32-year-old as their leader for the eighth straight season.
"It has always been an honour to be captain of the West Coast Eagles and it is something I cherish," Glass said.
"Having said that, however, I have said in the last couple of years that if my teammates felt there was someone better to lead them, then I would step aside.
"I never take the position for granted and with my teammates deciding they wanted me to continue and subsequent endorsement from the match committee and board I am thrilled to captain the club again in 2014."
Saturday, 25 January 2014
West Coast are yet to decide if Beau Waters will require more surgery on his troublesome shoulder.
"The procedure he had was successful but there was a little bit of an infection in the shoulder," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"They had to take the screws out. Hopefully it's been in long enough.
"He's a 50-50 chance for whether he needs another bout of surgery or not. It could be a lengthy one if he needs it."
Saturday, 11 January 2014
Dean Cox says a fit Nic Naitanui is the Eagles' prime ruckman.
"Certainly if Nic is up and running and fully fit he is our No.1 ruckman," Cox told News Limited.
"He's such an important part of our footy team to make sure that his work rate is really monitored throughout the year as well and that he can front up pain free."
Sunday, 5 January 2014
Beau Waters has had to undergo further surgery on his shoulder after surgeons were forced to prematurely remove the pins they had inserted due to infection.
"The procedure he had was successful. But there was a little bit of an infection in the shoulder," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.
"They had to take the screws out. Hopefully it's been in long enough.
"He's a 50-50 chance for whether he needs another bout of surgery or not. It could be a lengthy one if he needs it."
Saturday, 4 January 2014
Beau Waters is in doubt for round one after re-injuring his troublesome right shoulder.
Waters had pins and plates inserted into the shoulder in August, but an injury suffered before Christmas meant they had to be removed.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Murray Newman is found guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm by the Perth District Court but the Eagles say they will continue to stand by the young midfielder.
"We believe it is important to support Murray through a pivotal time in his young life," Eagles football manager Craig Vozzo said.
"Since the incident, we have noticed positive changes in Murray's life and we feel we need to assist that progress.
"With support, understanding and direction we believe Murray can mature into a young man who can contribute positively to the Western Australian community."
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Murray Newman tells the Perth District Court he acted in self-defense when he punched Brett Marris and broke Marris' jaw.
"I felt scared because they could turn against me," Newman said.
According to his evidence, Mr Newman was grabbed around the throat by Mr Marris - which is when he hit out to defend himself.
Defence lawyer David Grace QC told the jury it should question the reliability of Mr Marris' evidence, while saying threatening Facebook messages the footballer had sent the victim before the alleged assault were "immature".
Prosecutor Michael Perrella said Mr Newman's claims of self-defence were a "complete red-herring", and questioned why he had not mentioned being grabbed by the throat to the police.
"It is an attempt to portray himself as the victim to take your focus away from the fact that he was the aggressor," Perrella said.
Monday, 16 December 2013
Murray Newman's trial begins with the West Coast footballer being accused of causing grievous bodily harm to Brett Marris, then aged 20, in November last year.
Prosecutors alleged on Monday that Newman had a grudge against Mr Marris because he had slept with Newman's girlfriend when the couple were on a break.
After weeks of threats from Newman on Facebook, the pair saw each other at the Library Nightclub in Northbridge, where they fought for about 10 seconds before bouncers broke up the fight, the court heard.
But the defence team said Newman, who was the only one of the pair sober that night, acted in self-defence against a taller man. Mr Marris testified that Newman confronted him near the entrance of the club and wanted to have a fight outside.
He said Newman was loud and aggressive, and took the first swing.
Mr Marris said he drank 10 mixed drinks that night and had pushed Newman with an open hand, but denied placing his hand on Newman's neck and upper chest.
Friday, 6 December 2013
The Eagles take no chances with Nic Naitanui to ensure there is no repeat of his injury-plagued 2013.
"Let's try to get it right for the long-term, is the approach, and slowly but surely we are getting there," West Coast football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"It can be frustrating at times for any player, not just Nic, spending extended periods in a rehab program.
"But Nic is handling it pretty well, we think, and we're keen to keep that graduated improvement going and we're confident we will."
Star trio Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling, and Matt Priddis extend contracts their contracts with West Coast.
"It is great to have three quality players and outstanding individuals extend their commitment to the club," Eagles' football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"We see all three players as very important to our plan of improving as quickly as possible.
"We hold them all in very high regard and are delighted they have extended their commitment to the club."
Thursday, 5 December 2013
West Coast is pleased with the way troubled rookie Murray Newman has applied himself to pre-season training as his impending court case looms.
"With his off-field position it's obviously challenging but you wouldn't know that now," West Coast football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"He's been really happy, putting his head down and throwing himself into his work.
"So I'm sure there's some anxiety there around what's happening with the legal process but you wouldn't know that from the way he's conducted himself at the footy club. We're very pleased with him."
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Retired Eagle Daniel Kerr says a severe hamstring injury in 2010 was the beginning of the end for him as an AFL player.
"I couldn't play the football I was capable of playing [after the injury]," Kerr said.
"I was able to play football to a reasonable level which allowed me to play in the team but ever since I did my hamstring I was never the same player I was before that.
"The only reason I could play AFL football for the period I did was because of the Eagles medical staff.
"Without those guys I probably would've only played 150 games."
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Former West Coast rookie Michael Mascoulis has died in a car accident near his home in Victoria.
The 20-year-old was on the Eagles' rookie list for the 2012 season and played for WAFL team West Perth.
"Michael was a larger than life character and loved the West Perth Football Club, and [was loved] by everyone at the club and we wish our sincerest condolences to his family at this terrible time," West Perth management said on the Falcons' Facebook page.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Midfielder Matt Priddis wins the newly-minted John Worsfold Medal as West Coast's best and fairest for season 2013.
Priddis led all votes ahead of runner up Eric Mackenzie followed by Josh Kennedy and paid tribute to former coach John Worsfold for being one of the most influential people in his life.
"I've idolised (Worsfold) since I was a kid, since I've started following footy," Priddis said.
"He's had a massive impact on my life on and off the field.
"He's always encouraged me to play to your strengths. Don't be anyone else other than yourself and I can't thank him enough.
"So for this medal to be named after him it's a massive honour."
Monday, 25 November 2013
West Coast draftee Dom Sheed says being far from his home in South Australia will be a challenge he looks forward to.
"I'm happy where I am and extremely excited by the opportunity," he said.
"Obviously it's going to be a lot harder with WA so far away from SA. It's a good step to learn to be more independent, I guess."
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Former West Coast assistant David Teague joins St Kilda's 2014 coaching staff as a defensive coach.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Darren Glass says it will be up to his teammates to decide if he should continue as captain in 2014.
"I'm quite happy with whatever the player group decides," Glass said.
"If it is time to step away and move on or someone else is better equipped to do the job then I happy with that as well."
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Murray Newman is delisted by West Coast ahead of his December trial on a grievous bodily harm charge, but the Eagles have committed to reclaiming the small forward in this month's NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
"The trial is post-draft and because of the seriousness of the offence and uncertainty around the outcome, we have had to take the step of delisting Murray, but have also pledged to support him through the process," West Coast football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"While we have cut him from the primary list at this stage, we have committed to keep Murray at the club via the rookie draft.
"We have supported him through a very difficult period and will continue to do so during the challenging period ahead."
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Nic Naitanui has battled groin soreness throughout the 2013 season but Eagles coach Adam Simpson believes the star ruckman will be pain-free and ready to tackle the pre-season on November 18.
"He's definitely running now - I think he's pain-free," Simpson said.
"So, touch wood, he's right to go. We'll manage him as well. He's pretty keen to make a pretty good first impression, so we'll make sure we manage his loads, but at the moment he looks OK."
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
As he awaits his fate after being charged with grievous bodily harm over an incident in a Perth nightclub last year, Murray Newman has been given a "clean slate" with new Eagles coach Adam Simpson.
"He's got a clean slate with me. I spoke to him briefly a couple of weeks ago and I mentioned exactly that, " Simpson said.
"He's been at the club most days. He's got a really good attitude at the moment. We'll be a little bit patient with what happens in the next few weeks.
"We can't make too many plans until we find out what happens. But he's a talent."
Monday, 4 November 2013
Former North Melbourne defender Daniel Pratt will join his ex-teammate Adam Simpson at West Coast as a development coach.
"Seeing how 'Simmo' worked at Hawthorn, when this opportunity came up I was very excited," Pratt said.
"It's a strong list and the last 12 months were tough mainly because of injuries. There's real upside here and I'm looking forward to getting involved."
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Bradd Dalziell and Cale Morton are delisted by the Eagles.
"This is the toughest part of the game, particularly when it involves quality people," Eagles football operations manager Craig Vozzo said in a club statement.
"Unfortunately, it is the nature of the game.
"Both Bradd and Cale have been valued contributors to the football club and we thank them for the role they have each played. They will always be welcome at the West Coast Eagles."
Monday, 28 October 2013
The Crows name former West Coast rookie Heath Younie as coach of their SANFL side.
"I'm super excited. It's a unique opportunity given it's the first time that the club has had a state league side," Younie said.
"There will be massive challenges with the role, but I'm certainly looking forward to them."
Adrian Hickmott is elevated to a senior assistant coaching role at West Coast under new coach Adam Simpson.
"I have been coaching ever since I retired and this is a really exciting opportunity," Hickmott said in a club statement.
"For the last two years I have been working with the backs in a development role. I believe I have built a strong rapport with the players and I look forward to continuing to assist them impacting in the AFL."
"I am really looking forward to working with Adam and the other coaching staff. We have a terrific group of players and we are all committed to seeing the club rise up the ladder."
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Don Pyke joins the Eagles as an assistant coach and will focus on strategy, stoppages and structure under new coach Adam Simpson.
"After several years out of the AFL scene, I am really looking forward to working with Adam Simpson and the other coaches in maximising the output of the squad, which I think has real potential," Pyke said.
"It is nice to be back working at the club I played for as we prepare for the challenge to rebound after a disappointing season."
Monday, 14 October 2013
Daniel Kerr hangs up his boots despite having a year to run on his contract saying his body can no longer handle the rigours of AFL footy.
"I've been lucky to be able to wake up every day and do what I love, but lately it has become harder to get my body to carry out my mind's instructions," Kerr said.
"It was hard to come to terms with the fact that I probably wasn't going to be able to play to the standard that I wanted, but I recognise that my best football is past me and it's time to step aside to let the new generation through.
"I've had the time of my life at this football club and I've made friends that I'll keep until the end of my days."
Brady Rawlings joins West Coast as an assistant coach after serving as North Melbourne's senior recruiter and induction coach for the past two years.
Rawlings will reunite with former teammate Adam Simpson whom he played with at the Kangaroos.
"The role as assistant coach to 'Simmo' at the Eagles is a great opportunity and a challenge that I feel I am ready for," Rawlings said.
"I've always thought Adam was a senior coach in the making and I'm looking forward to working under someone I respect so highly.
"I would like to sincerely thank everyone at North for their support and for the understanding that has been extended to me throughout this process and decision."
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Cameron Bruce is promoted from development to the role of assistant coach at the Hawks following Adam Simpson accepting the role of head coach at West Coast.
Friday, 11 October 2013
Jaymie Graham joins West Coast as development coach for 2014 as part of new coach Adam Simpson's coaching team.
"I can't wait to sink my teeth into this role and start working with Adam Simpson," Graham said.
"Adam is someone I've always admired from afar and I think he'll make an excellent senior coach.
"I'm also looking forward to reuniting with some former teammates, some of whom are still playing, as well as Adam Selwood who has also taken up a coaching role with the club."
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Scott Burns says he is ready to be senior coach of a club but fully understands why he was overlooked for the Eagles job.
"Woosh was here for 12 years and I was here for five of them. Take myself out of the equation and remove my ego and I can fully understand the direction they were going in," Burns said.
"I feel like I'm ready to go and the club certainly don't see that any differently, but for where the club wants to go at this point in time I'm just not the right fit and I completely understand."
Monday, 7 October 2013
After failing to land the top job at West Coast, Scott Burns will leave his role as assistant coach of the Eagles to join Nathan Buckley's coaching team at Collingwood.
"I have really enjoyed my time at the Eagles and appreciate the opportunities they have given me," Burns said.
"The chance to take up this position at Collingwood was too good to pass up and I'm looking forward to the next chapter.
"I've learnt a lot from so many people at the club and I'd like to thank them and wish them well for the future."
Thursday, 3 October 2013
New West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he is keen to keep Scott Burns on as assistant coach of the club despite beating him to the top job at the Eagles.
"I'd love him to stay, but I understand his situation and what he's been through in the last week," Simpson said.
"From what I can gather, the people already here are made of the right stuff.
"There are some guys I want to talk to and we'll find out in the next few days where they're at.
"There's no doubt you need people you can trust when you're starting off in a job."
Fremantle assistant coach Peter Sumich says he is dismayed at having missed out on the top coaching job at the Eagles.
"I'm gutted, no doubt about that," he said.
"I thought I was a really good chance of getting this one and unfortunately it didn't work out.
"But I understand the club's move and we all move on. I've just signed a new contract with Fremantle and I'm looking forward to that."
Adam Simpson will leave his role as assistant coach of Hawthorn after accepting an offer to coach West Coast for three years.
"I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to moving across to Perth with my family and settling in to the challenge ahead," Simpson said.
"I have always admired West Coast from afar and I believe the list has an exciting mix of senior and emerging young players.
"I would like to acknowledge both Hawthorn and North Melbourne for the grounding they have given to me in this game."
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Alastair Clarkson quashes media reports that he will join West Coast after coaching the Hawks in this year's Grand Final.
"Those who know me well would understand that my values would never have me walk away from a commitment to our club," Clarkson said.
"My family and I have had a great journey with this club and we are optimistic that the coming years are going to be an exciting time for Hawthorn Football Club."
Friday, 20 September 2013
Recently retired Eagle Adam Selwood joins the West Coast's coaching panel as a development coach for season 2014.
"I'm pretty excited about the opportunity and after contemplating a number of options, this felt like the best fit and right for my transition into the next phase," Selwood said.
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
John Worsfold says Eagles assistant coaches Peter Sumich and Scott Burns are ready to succeed him as head coach of the Eagles.
"Peter Sumich has now followed a very good pathway into giving himself the background to be a senior coach, having coached reserve level in the WAFL and in the seniors, and then as an assistant coach at two difference clubs over 12 years," Worsfold said.
"And Scott Burns … [his coaching career is a] bit shorter but as a player for such a long period and playing under Leigh Matthews and then Mick Malthouse, and then working with myself for five years, I think he's got a good grasp of what coaching takes and how you can attack different issues."
Port Adelaide has axed midfield coach Shaun Rehn, to be replaced by West Coast strategy and innovations coach Phil Walsh.
"To have such an experienced and well-credentialed coach like Phil return to our club is very exciting," Port Adelaide director of coaching and strategy Alan Richardson said.
"Having spent the last five seasons at such a great club like West Coast, Phil will bring a wealth of experience and fresh ideas to our coaching panel.
"He played such a vital role in our club's 2004 premiership win and also the 2007 finals campaign. We see him as a perfect fit."
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Neale Daniher steps down as Eagles footy operations manager due to health issues.
"Unfortunately, I do need to focus a lot of energy on my own health and wellbeing at this stage and the role of football operations general manager is quite demanding," Daniher said.
"I don't believe I could commit the time needed to be effective, so it is important to recognise that and bring someone in who can contribute as required.
"I would also like to thank the club for the great support they have offered me and we all look forward to 2014 with optimism."
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Nic Naitanui backs current Eagles assistant coach Scott Burns to take over from the recently resigned John Worsfold as head coach of the Eagles.
"I just think he's probably the right man to do it, but I'm sure if they choose someone else that's going to be the right decision as well," Naitanui said.
"He's a very wise man. He's brought a lot since he's come from Collingwood and he's worked under 'Woosh' for the last five years as well."
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Following his resignation, John Worsfold admits he has struggled to find the motivation to continue as head coach of West Coast.
"I have come to that decision around the fact I shouldn't do the job if I don't have the energy to give it absolutely everything; that wouldn't be the right thing for the club and basically that's where it got to," Worsfold said.
"It's not the right thing for me or for the club. The players will feel it, the staff will feel it, if the senior coach is not warts and all in. And that means emotionally you have to be right in, you have to be all over everything."
John Worsfold resigns as coach of West Coast after 12 years at the helm.
"I think that it's important that John recognised that he didn't have the energy and the passion and the enthusiasm and the emotion to keep going," Eagles chairman Alan Cransberg said.
"He very clearly said that from him point of view, now was the right time for him to move on and he also thought that the club was in a good position to put a new coach in place."